Listen to Laura Marling’s Bob Dylan Cover “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”

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If you saw the series finale for Peaky Blinders last year you might have recognised the wonderful Laura Marling on the soundtrack.

Marling has covered Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” for the show and has just released the track as a streamable single, available in the all the usual places.

Listen to “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” below:

Listen to the New I’m With Her Single “Game To Lose”

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US trio I’m With Her have just given us another taster from their upcoming album See You Around (due on the 16th February) – the divinely syncopated track “Game To Lose”.

As with the rest of the album “Game To Lose” was co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) – take a listen to the track below:

Timber and Steel Premiere: The Ahern Brothers’ singles “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through”

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After a huge 2017 harmony singing folk duo The Ahern Brothers are getting ready to hit the road one last time before they take a well deserved break.

The Ahern Brothers released their amazing self-titled debut album in 2017 to much acclaim – we described it as “a pure delight” and picked it as number three in our top albums of the year – and now they’ve announced plans to release two more singles and a cover before they hit the road.

The two singles, “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through”, will be released next Monday 15th January but Timber and Steel has been given the opportunity to give you a sneak preview.

The songs were written while The Ahern Brothers toured late last year.

“”There’s A Light” is the first song we wrote together after the release of our first album,” Josh Rennie-Hynes explained. “We were getting ready to begin our debut album tour and had a few days to kill in Queensland so we decided to make the most and write – that’s how it was born.”

“It’s a strange and wonderful song, largely inspired by Jim Carey’s parody song “Cold Dead Hand”,” Steve Grady adds. “In the studio we decided to just throw everything at it, full band production, however at the heart of it we still recorded us singing and playing together. That’s the number one rule for The Ahern Brothers – no matter what we add on top of it, we have to be able to perform it solely as a duo.”

Take a listen to “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through” below:

In addition to the new tracks, The Ahern Brothers also recorded a cover of Ryan Adams’ song “Prisoner”.

“We decided to record “Prisoner” by Ryan Adams as a tribute to the influence he’s had on us as artists,” Grady explained. Because the original recording has a full band production we wanted this one to be stripped back to our two guitars and voices.”

Watch a video of “Prisoner” here:

The Ahern Brothers head out on tour this week, kicking things off at the Cygnet Folk Festival. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 19th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, VIC
Wednesday 31st January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 1st February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd February – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th February – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 15th February – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Listen to the New Sam Newton Single “Hazel Eyes”

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Hardworking Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Newton released his brand new single “Hazel Eyes” right before Christmas.

The track is taken from Newton’s forthcoming album Stare Into The Dark which is expected early this year.

“Hazel Eyes” waltzes into your ear drums with Sam Newton’s laid back vocal style and the lovely surprise of a live, five-piece band.

“”Hazel Eyes” is a song that seeks to combine the raw energy of Dylan with the lyrical prowess of Van Zandt,” Sam Newton explained. “It was written about the helplessness and desperation that we all experience when someone that we deeply care about is crying. Recorded in one take, “Hazel Eyes” goes straight for the jugular and offers no apologies.”

Take a listen to “Hazel Eyes” below:

The Porch Sessions on Tour for 2017

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Once again Adelaide’s favourite indie-folk night The Porch Sessions is hitting the road this summer with a bunch of house concert dates through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

This year’s tour will feature some amazing music from Stu Larsen (QLD) & Natsuki Kurai (Japan), Tim Hart (NSW) and Ryan Martin John (SA). The tour kicked off this weekend just gone but there’s still a whole bunch of dates to come with shows up and down the country over the next couple of weeks.

The Porch Sessions brings live music to porches, verandahs and backyards, presenting some of the countries best artists in an intimate setting.

To get tickets to the tour check out the official page here. The full list of dates is below:

Friday 5th January – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th January – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Federal Hall, Jasper Corner, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Wingham Golf Club, Taree/Wingham, NSW
Thursday 11th January – House Concert, Rodd Point, NSW
Saturday 13th January – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Monday 15th January – Nethercote Hall, Pambula Beach, VIC
Wednesday 17th January – House Concert, Mount Martha, VIC
Thursday 18th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th January – House Concert, Tantanoola, SA
Sunday 21st January – House Concert, Waitpinga, SA

Joan Baez Announces New Album Whistle Down The Wind

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Folk music legend Joan Baez has announced plans to release her new album Whistle Down The Wind on the 2nd March this year.

The album gathers material from some of Baez’s favourite songwriters and composers, with the singer reinterpreting tracks from the likes of Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more.

The full track listing for Whistle Down The Wind is below:

1. Whistle Down The Wind (Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan)
2. Be of Good Heart (Josh Ritter)
3. Another World (Anohni)
4. Civil War by (Joe Henry)
5. The Things That We Are Made Of (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
6. The President Sang Amazing Grace (Zoe Mulford)
7. Last Leaf (Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan)
8. Silver Blade (Josh Ritter)
9. The Great Correction (Eliza Gilkyson)
10. I Wish The Wars Were All Over (Tim Eriksen)

Watch the New David Rawlings Video “Cumberland Gap”

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If you read my Top 25 Tracks of 2017 you’ll know how much love I have for David Rawlings’ track “Cumberland Gap”. So I feel like I got an extra Christmas present this year with Rawlings dropping the video for the song over the holidays.

The video, which was originally only available on Apple Music but is now streamable on YouTube, was directed by James Lees and is full of the same old-time vibe the song itself evokes.

Check out the video for “Cumberland Gap” below:

Watch the New Alison Ferrier Video “Waiting For The Rain”

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Singer-songwriter Alison Ferrier has just released her new single and video “Waiting For The Rain”.

The track is taken from Ferrier’s upcoming album What She Knows, due on the 16th February, and features a really interesting country sound.

Check out the video here:

Listen to the New Sufjan Stevens Single “Tonya Harding”

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Sujan Stevens has surprised everyone with the release of “Tonya Harding”, a tribute to the former US figure skater. To accompany the release Stevens penned a small piece detailing why he wrote the song:

“I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I first saw her skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991,” Sufjan Stevens explained. “She’s a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so strange, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American. She was one of the greatest figure skaters of her time, and the first American woman to perform a triple axle in an international competition. She was an unlikely skating star, having been raised working class in Portland, Oregon. Being a poor outsider, her rise to fame in the skating rink was seen, by some, as a blemish on a sport that favored sophistication and style. Tonya’s skating technique was feisty, fierce, and full of athleticism, and her flamboyant outfits were often hand-made by her mother (who was abusive and overbearing). (They couldn’t afford Vera Wang.) And then there was the Nancy Kerrigan incident. In January 1994, Tonya’s then-boyfriend Jeff Gillooly hired an assailant, Shane Stant, to break fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s leg at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Cobo Arena in Detroit, so that she would be unable to compete at the upcoming Winter Olympics. The after-math of the attack was recorded on camera and ultimately set off a media frenzy (and an FBI investigation). Gillooly and Stan were eventually found guilty, and Tonya pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution, and was subsequently banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Nancy Kerrigan recovered from her injury and won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics. Tonya Harding finished eighth.

“But that’s not even half the story. When Tonya and Gillooly got married, they filmed themselves having sex on their wedding night and produced one of the first-ever celebrity sex tapes (which they sold to Penthouse for $200,000 each). Tonya also had a brief career as a boxer, and is most famous for her bout with former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones (whose sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton precipitated his impeachment in 1998). Tonya was also (very briefly) in a band called the Golden Blades (they were allegedly booed off the stage during their first and only performance). She also raced vintage automobiles (setting a record by driving a Ford Model A over 97 miles per hours on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah). And in 1996 Tonya used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive an 81-year-old woman who collapsed at a bar in Portland while playing video poker. That’s a lot to accomplish before the age of 30!

“Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely followed by the media, and she very quickly became the brunt of jokes, the subject of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a reality TV star before such a thing even existed. But she was also simply un-categorical: American’s sweetheart with a dark twist. But I believe this is what made her so interesting, and a true American hero. In the face of outrage and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded again and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend.

“I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs—sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this strange and magnificent America hero. At the end of the day, Tonya Harding was just an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent and a tireless work ethic who set out to do her very best. She did that and more. I hope the same can be said of us all.”

Listen to “Tonya Harding” here:

Listen to the New Hannah Cameron Single “Just Leave Me Here”

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Singer-songwriter Hannah Cameron has just released a live video of her latest single “Just Leave Me Here”. The track is a taster of Cameron’s album upcoming I Lay Where You Lie and was inspired by a conversation with a friend.

“It’s about feelings of hopelessness and defeat but it was actually written as a song of comfort,” Hannah Cameron explained. “I think sometimes we don’t want to be told that things are okay, we want to be heard and to feel understood.”

Check out the stunning live video for “Just Leave Me Here” here:

Hannah Cameron will be playing at Some Velvet Morning this Sunday 17th December.

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